Friday, February 8, 2013
Levittown Patch will be continuing to update this post with lists of closing and delays caused by the winter weather.
Here is an ongoing list of community cancellations and snow emergencies due to the forecasted winter storm. The Friday evening performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at PHS East has been postponed to Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. All Friday tickets will be honored for Sunday evening. At this time, the Saturday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon performance at 2:00 p.m. remain scheduled as planned. Friday night ticket holders who prefer to attend the show on Saturday evening or the Sunday matinee may exchange their tickets for available seating at those performances. Refunds will be provided if seats of a lesser value are obtained in the exchange. Tickets are priced at $15, $10, and $7, and a reduction of $7 is available to …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School was held recently. What's your take?
Before the Pennsbury School Board, administrators and members of the local community, Marta Grothman recalled her fond memories of attending Village Park Elementary School in the Levittown section of Falls. She recollected about her first day and taking part in the school’s opening ceremony. She recalled her brown pigtail hairstyle and all of her teachers. Grothman, who currently is a music instructor at the school, was one of roughly a dozen people who spoke during public comment at Thursday night’s public hearing on the likely closure of the Unity Drive school. Other parents testified about the helpful and nurturing staff. Some praised the close-knit community that surrounds the school, where a large segments of students walk to and from…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A meeting on the possible closure of one Levittown elementary school will be the focus of a public meeting Thursday night.
A public hearing on the possible closure of Village Park Elementary School is set for Thursday night in Falls Township. According to the Pennsbury School District, the hearing will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at the west campus of the high school. The Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee told the school board in the beginning of the month they decided the Unity Drive school should be closed as the school system looks to redistrict and cut cost. The committee looked at project enrollment numbers, birth rates and building capacities before making their recommendation. In December, the committee held a lengthy discussion about how much money the district could save if it closed either Village Park or Fallsington Elementary…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Langhorne Borough Council member Kathy Horwatt told the Neshaminy School Board Tuesday night that the council opposes the closing of Oliver Heckman Elementary.
Many residents and parents voiced their opposition to closing some elementary schools to the Neshaminy School Board Tuesday night, but they aren't the only ones against the potential closures. Langhorne Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horwatt urged the school board not to close Olive Heckman Elementary School, which is located Maple Avenue and Cherry Street in Langhorne Borough. Horwatt stated that the Borough Council has drafted and will approve a resolution formally opposing the closure of the Langhorne Borough elementary school. According to Bucks Local News, this resolution states that the decision to close Heckman based on declining enrollment "does not adequately recognize the actual use of the total school facilities ... and the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A member of Neshaminy's Citizens Advisory Committee presented information to the school board and public about possibly school closures.
Members of the Neshaminy community and school board Pete Spera, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented what the committee looked at in terms of enrollment trends and what the group's final recommendation to the school board was Tuesday night. When presented with two options for school closures and consolidations, the committee went with a third, or hybrid, option of the two. The ultimately recommended closing three elementary schools (Lower Southampton, Oliver Heckman and Samuel Everitt), building a new elementary school at the current Tawanka site on Brownsville Road and adding a larger addition to Pearl Buck Elementary School. This addition, Spera said, would give Neshaminy flexibility when it comes to redistricting as …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The Pennsbury School District could save $1 million by shuttering Village Park Elementary School in Falls Township.
The Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee met at Pennsbury High School last Tuesday and decided to have Superintendent Kevin J. McHugh present a formal recommendation to close Village Park Elementary School before the school board at its Jan. 3, 2013 meeting. Committee meeting minutes show a lengthy discussion about how much money the district could save if it closed either Village Park or Fallsington Elementary School, which is connected to the district administration offices. Over the next five years, repairs and upgrades to the 75,000-square-foot Village Park are expected to cost up to $2 million. Similar work would cost about $375,000 at 44,000-square-foot Fallsington. The committee discussed what would happen to the …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Find out what days kids will be home from school for Thanksgiving 2012.
For Thanksgiving 2012, Neshaminy School District students will have a number of days off from school. They are as follows:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Levittown Patch will be continuing to update this post with a list of closing and delays caused by the storm.
Last Update: Thursday, 7:38 p.m. - The Bristol Borough School District will be opened for Friday. However, the second grade field trip to the zoo has been postponed to an unknown date. - Classes in Bristol Township School District are cancelled for Friday. Offices will be open at normal times. - Bucks County Technical High School in Bristol is closed on Friday. - The Neshaminy School District will be closed to students on Friday.Despite schools being closed to students and teachers, buildings will be open and administrators, clerical staff and custodians will report at their normal time. Click here for more. - "On Friday, November 2nd, all Pennsbury elementary schools will remain closed due to continuing electrical problems. All three …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Neshaminy School Board will consider approving initial plans to send to the state in hopes of receiving funding for construction.
During the Neshaminy School Board's meeting tonight, the board will consider approving sending initial construction plans to the state in order to receive $3.8 million in funding. This decision was delayed after the board couldn't pass a motion to do so at their last meeting. Board President Ritchie Webb voted against the motion, but not because he disapproved of the plan. "I’m all for doing something, we need to do something...but this hasn’t been vetted to the public," Webb said in the board's Aug. 28 meeting. He added that if the situation had been different and the plan had been vetted to the public, he would have supported it last night. However, Oettinger, who heads up the Facilities Ad Hoc committee, said that the board has been …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Neshaminy School Board was unable to pass a motion to send plans to the state for the construction of a new school for funding Tuesday night.
The Neshaminy School Board has delayed a decision that could begin the process of building a new school and closing certain schools by two weeks. At the board meeting Tuesday night, the board considered giving its approval to send initial plans to the state in order to qualify for additional funding for the construction and consolidations in the district; however, the board was unable to do this and the motion to do this will be back on the agenda for the Septemeber 11 meeting. The motion Tuesday night received four yes votes from Scott Congdon, Mark Shubin, Anthony Sposato and Bill Oettinger; Ritchie Webb, Irene Boyle and Mike Morris voted against the motion. Board members Susan Cummings and Kim Koutsouradis were not in attendance. Even …